Mrs. Nguyen Thi Uyen a woman living with HIV/AIDS established the Green Truong Son Self-Help Group in 2007 in An Lao District, Haiphong City. The group currently includes 65 people living with HIV/AIDS and 59 OVC.
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Uyen
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Uyen a woman living with HIV/AIDS established the
Green Truong Son Self-Help Group in 2007 in An Lao District, Haiphong City. The
group currently includes 65 people living with HIV/AIDS and 59 OVC.
In January 2010, when COHED proposed to support the Green Truong Son
Self-Help Group with a micro-credit programme, Mrs. Uyen was concerned. She was
afraid that she wouldn’t be able to manage the micro-credit programme due to a
lack of experience. However, she received strong support and positive
encouragement from her family and Green Truong Son Self-Help Group members,
including technical and financial support from COHED, she and four other women
living with HIV/AIDS decided to set up the Green Truong Son micro credit board.
She hoped that she would benefit PLHIV in her district.
Nguyen Thi Uyen
and members of micro credit board periodically undertook home visits to PLHIV
in An Lao District to identify their livelihoods needs, surveyed their
financial circumstances and assessed their business plans, and helped them fill
in their loan application forms. Together with COHED officers, they reviewed
the procedures and ratified the loans.
households received the loans, the micro credit board members undertook monthly
visits to supervise the business activities and collected the local repayment
instalments. Each loan was repaid on a monthly basis over a 12-month period.
Mrs. Uyen and the
board members had to complete the time-consuming task of collecting the
repayments from each household, record the returns and continuously ratify new
loans for other households. Thanks to the strong support from COHED, just six
months later, they were capable of doing their own bookkeeping and completing
the loan forms. The work provides encouragement as it helps bring meaningful
changes to many of the HIV affected families in their community.
As of December
31, 2011, a total 164 million VND in loans managed by the Green Truong Son Self-Help Group had been distributed to 63
households of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in An Lao District.
Based on their initial success the amount increased to 437 million VND. Each
household received an average loan of between five and seven million VND.
efficiency of community activities and the micro credit programme run by the Green Truong Son Self-Help Group, local An Lao district
authorities provided positive support to the group through officially
recognising the establishment of the Green Truong Son Co-operative Group. The
group continues to meets at Mrs. Nguyen Thi Uyen’s home.
A beneficiary of
micro credit programme said: “We’re really appreciative of the economic
opportunities provided by Mrs. Uyen and the Green Truong Son Group members.”